Lawmakers seek to revamp sex-education classes


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Democratic senator Friday filed a proposal that would revamp sex-education requirements in public schools, including calling for instruction that involves "medically accurate information about all methods of contraception and each method's effectiveness rate."

The proposal (SB 1056), sponsored by Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, was filed for the 2016 legislative session, which starts in January.

It would repeal a law that focuses heavily on teaching abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage.

Bullard's bill cites a high rate of unintended pregnancies in Florida and high rates of sexually transmitted diseases. It would allow parents to request that their students be excused from portions of human-sexuality programs or classes.

Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, earlier filed an identical bill (HB 859) in the House.